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Why Spain Is So Popular With Ex Pats

Spain has always been a popular destination for older Brits who want to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable retirement. However, many younger Brits are also re-evaluating their lives and are considering the benefits of moving to Europe.

Here’s a look at why Spain is such an appealing destination for Brits who want a change of lifestyle.

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Spain receives a large amount of sunny days throughout the year; a nice change from endless rainy days. Good weather encourages you to live a more active and healthy lifestyle and socialise more. Outdoor sports such as jogging, hiking, cycling, golf, tennis and water sports are particularly popular in Spain. However, there’s also the possibility to enjoy winter sports. Fabulous ski resorts can be found in Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees. For the more adventurous sports lovers, the Pyrenees is also one of the premier spots in Europe for white water rafting!


Famous Spanish cities such as Seville, Barcelona and Madrid are famous world wide for their beauty, culture, history, art galleries, museums, shopping and fine cuisine restaurants. For those who enjoy nightlife, the main Spanish cities are buzzing, vibrant destinations, ideal for wining, dining and partying into the night.


Family and community gatherings hold a special meaning for the Spanish and you’ll always find a fiesta being held in one town or village or the other. Fun, friendly and entertaining, a visit to a traditional fiesta is a great way of seeing the ‘real’ Spain. Away from the hectic city lifestyle, the pace of life in smaller towns and villages is also slower and more relaxed.


Once you get away from the busy tourist spots you’ll find a country full of natural beauty offering diverse landscapes, pretty rural villages and unspoilt coastlines. From the green forests of the Basque region to the wilderness of Galicia, the spectacular Picos de Europa or the many national parks, there is always somewhere to get away from it all and immerse yourself in nature.


Although more expensive since the introduction of the Euro in 2002, the cost of living in Spain still remains far less than the UK, especially property, petrol, groceries and alcohol.


Spain is only a short flight away from the UK so it’s far more accessible for friends and family than other ex pat destinations such as Australia. In fact with low cost airline deals, it’s practically commutable!

If you’re planning to move to Spain then contact O’Brien Of Worthing for information on our house removals services from Worthing to Europe.


Moving Abroad to Warmer Climates

2967309821_46aa519072_oIt’s no surprise that many people decide to relocate to a county with a warmer climate. There are many health benefits to living in a warmer, sunnier place, and sun naturally heals stress.

Moving abroad would be an upheaval for anyone, but when the climate is significantly different from your own country, there are some extra things to consider. It’s therefore important to start speaking to removal companies well in advance so you can be as prepared as possible. Here are some tips for making your move abroad go seamlessly.

Scaling Down Possessions

When moving abroad it’s a good idea to scale down your possessions to the minimum. The good news is you can leave your winter clothes and boots behind. You also won’t need winter duvets or as many blankets.

Taking less seems much easier but you’ll still need to decide what to do with those items. Most removal companies offer a storage service if your move is short term so you can keep them for when you return. If you are relocating for the foreseeable future, you could donate these items to charity or sell them.

Getting a Quote

Once you know roughly how much stuff you want to take, it’s a good idea to contact some removal companies to get a few quotes. This might alter how much you decide to take. If you get a good deal, you might decide to take bigger items such as your bikes so you can enjoy the outdoors when you get there.

If there’s room, you could take a table-top fan for those humid evenings. The more you can afford to take, the less you’ll need to buy when you get to your destination.

The Big Day

When moving abroad it’s a good idea to opt for an expert packing service to prepare your possessions for shipping. This will ensure there’s the lowest possible chance of any damage during the journey.

Most removal companies will offer self pack or part-pack packages if you prefer, but removal professionals know full well the stresses and strains your items might encounter during the shipping process and can prepare them in the best possible way. If you’re moving to a hotter country, the journey is likely to be a long one so it’s best to make the packing a thorough process.

Moving to a warmer climate can in some respects be easier due to you needing less of your possessions, but getting rid of them may be time consuming – especially if they are valuable.

It’s therefore important to plan well in advance of your move and liaise with your removal company to make sure all bases are covered.

For more information on removals to a different country, contact O’Brien of Worthing on 01903 233 560.